When your Garage Door gets you down!

man-pulling-hair-out-21Yes it has happened to all of us, we are in a rush and the garage door will not close. It seems that it just has a mind of its own. You push the button and it comes about 10 inches to the ground then starts going back up again. STOP pulling out your hair, I know I have been there it is frustrating. Let’s look at a few remedies that can help us relieve our frustration.

Quick Garage Door Fix

If your in a hurry try this; Go to your garage door opener and pull the release bar to disconnect the garage door from the garage door opener. Next close the garage. Now that was easy. But what about security? If you do not have a lock to your garage door use a pair of vise-grips and pinch it on the track just above the wheels. This will prevent someone from lifting the garage. It is not a permanent solution but it will prevent you from losing your mind. Now your only frustration is the traffic to work!

Genie’s Wireless Keypad

Wireless keypads are a great convenience. The keypad is mounted near the garage door. Once programmed, it allows anyone with the code to get into the garage and house without a key. This is great for kids, trusted friends and relatives, and for those of us with a propensity to lock ourselves out of the house.

Genie garage door opener keypads come in two basic formats. Intellicode keypads (see below) are the top of the line (and highly recommended), while keypads without Intellicode are available at lower cost.

Retailers often carry identical Genie garage door openers, with one product including a wireless keypad and one without. The cost difference usually runs about $20-$30. You can also buy a wireless keypad by itself. I think the convenience of a wireless keypad is worth far more than the cost.

The Genie Intellicode System

Genie’s rolling code technology is called Intellicode. The remote controls on older garage door openers worked on a single code, which made it relatively easy for a knowledgeable stranger to capture the code and open the door. Intellicode changes the access code every time the remote control button is pressed (choosing from a whopping 4.3 billion possible codes). If you have an old garage door opener that opens with a single code, you should think seriously about replacing it with a Genie or other product offering rolling codes.

How To Choose the Best Garage Floor Mats

There is no easier way to cover your garage floor than by rolling out a mat. Garage floor mats come in a variety of styles, colors and materials. Some are like rugs, others are textured, and still others resemble padded gym mats.

Like garage floor tiles, mats can be installed over concrete floors that are stained or cracked without first having to perform some prep work. Moving or removing a garage floor mat is a breeze.

What To Look For In a Garage Floor Mat

While a garage floor mat may look like a simple rug or gym mat, it really needs to be much tougher. Some of the features you might want to look for when shopping for a garage floor mat include:

  • resists chemical and petroleum spills
  • slip resistant
  • cushioning
  • textured or grooved to channel liquids and dirt
  • easy to clean
  • able to withstand vehicle traffic
  • heavy enough to resist sliding around
  • smooth and strong enough to allow gliding around on a creeper

Mat thickness should also be considered. Standard mats are about 1/2-inch thick, while heavy-duty mats run about 3/4 inch. The latter will cost more and provide superior service, but for light duty a standard mat may be just fine.

The Benefits of Rollout Garage Floor Mats

Keep in mind that, because mats can be rolled up quickly, you could opt for a nicely cushioned product that could be moved out of the way if you needed to roll around on a creeper while doing some auto maintenance.

Mats are also easy to clean without creating a mess in the garage. Just roll it up, move it out onto the driveway or lawn, unroll it, and give it a good washing with the garden hose.

Installing Garage Floor Mats

You can find mats in sizes to fit most garages. You can also use two or more mats to cover the floor. Most garage floor mats can be cut with a utility knife.

Keep in mind that many types of garage floor mat will expand and contract with temperature variations. For that reason, it is not a good idea to tape the edges to the floor. Also, leave a 1/4-inch gap between the flooring and all walls.

Garage Floor Mat Costs

Standard thickness garage mats can be found starting at about $1.40 per square foot, while heavy-duty mats typically cost between $2.50 and $4 per square foot. Online sources include the following:

Find The Best Garage Door Installers and Repairmen

If you are looking for garage door installers or repairmen, you might want to learn what an industry expert has to say about business ethics. In an article published in the garage door trade magazine International Door & Operator Industry, Gary Lombard addresses the subject of “up-selling” in the garage door industry. Up-selling is that well-worn sales strategy of trying to sell you more than you think you need.

Up-selling is not always aimed at ripping us off. Just because a professional thinks we need more than we think we need does not mean they are trying to fool us. Sometimes they really are trying to help us.

So, how can you distinguish between a legitimate and an illegitimate up-sell effort when dealing with garage door installers and repairmen? Here are some suggestions that Lombard offers for service technicians who have been called on a garage door problem. The suggestions are good ones for the technician, but they also offer the consumer a good means of judging the character and competence of the technician who shows up at their house.

Lombard says the service technician should:

  1. Bring a price book containing all of the parts for garage doors and motors so that he can tell the consumer what a repair will cost them.
  2. Bring sales literature for products his company sells so the consumer can see what they might be buying.
  3. Know what parts he has in stock so that he won’t try to sell the consumer something he doesn’t have.
  4. Carry a good supply of standard common parts (springs, rollers, hingers, weatherstripping and motor operators), so that he can tend to common problems right away.
  5. Make an effort to analyze the cause of the problem, and not just the problem itself. This is where up-selling can benefit both the technician and the consumer. For example, say the garage door was hanging up due to one bad roller. The technician could replace that one roller and be on his way. But he could also make a very good case for replacing all of the rollers. This would increase his sale and the repair cost to the consumer, but it might also ensure fewer problems and better performance with the garage door in the years to come.A similar argument could be made for replacing all of the springs when only one was broken. The point is, good professional garage door installers and repairmen should make an effort to explain the long-term benefits of repairing or replacing some parts that currently may not be causing any problem. The consumer makes the ultimate decision, of course, but at least it will be an informed one.
  6. Don’t try to force the issue. Up-selling enters the realm of unethical when the seller won’t take “no” for an answer and continues to pressure the consumer to spend more than they want to spend. Better to just be sure to leave the consumer understanding all of their options and confident that they have paid only for what they really wanted.
  7. Make the time to provide the consumer with a full diagnosis and report on options and consequences. If a garage door installer or repairman schedules the day with quick, back-to-back repair calls, he is not going to have the time to make reasonable, responsible sales pitches to the consumer. Feeling the need to rush to another appointment might well reduce the chance of selling more to each consumer, a result that ultimately benefits no one.

Most consumers develop a sense of when someone is trying to sell them something they don’t really need, but they also have a sense of when someone is sharing useful advice based upon their experience and knowledge. If the garage door installer or repairman you contact about any replacements or repairs fits this latter description, everyone benefits.

7 Ways to Keep the Garage Cool

Install insulation.

Many homeowners neglect to insulate their garage, making it the single largest non-insulated space the home. Did you know that insulation is actually an energy saving solution? Proper insulation will help to drastically bring down your electric bill. It will keep your garage warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. If you haven’t insulated your garage yet, consider doing this as a first step. If you haven’t had your insulation checked for some time, now is the time to do it. Think about insulating your walls, your roof, and your garage door as well.

Install a ceiling or attic fan.

This kind of fan operates by drawing hot air from inside the garage and exhausting or blowing it back outwards. The fan should be situated near the ceiling or higher than 4 feet above the floor. This will involve creating an opening on the wall of your garage, and you’ll need a nearby electric outlet to plug the fan in.

Bring in an electric fan or Evaporative Cooler.

You can put in a stand fan inside the garage. This will help to blow air towards you, but if the garage door isn’t open it won’t remove the hot air from the room; it will just blow it around. An evaporative cooler is a low cost alternative to an air conditioning unit. You put ice or water inside the unit and the machine blows cool air from the ice/water. Remember, though, that this may not be an entirely ideal solution – since you’re blowing moist air it may cause rusting on your equipment and gadgets.

Whole house fan

Consider putting in a whole house fan. If it’s the entire house and not just your garage that’s suffering from the heat, a whole house fan – the kind with the insulated duct that runs across the inside of your ceiling – is a great idea. You may need more than one fan depending on how many square foot of space you want to cover.

Install an air conditioning unit.

If your garage is in the path of the afternoon sun and becomes really hot in the summer, an air conditioning unit may be your best solution. A/C units can cover bigger spaces and because they operate through Freon, they provide the coolest air.

De-clutter.

When there are too many things in a room, there is less space for the air to circulate in. If you’ve been making your garage a store room, consider doing a thorough cleaning and get rid of stuff that you hardly use, aren’t likely to use anymore, or that you don’t need. Organize things neatly on shelves. If your garage doesn’t have enough shelf space, consider installing shelves and/or cabinets. Storage space with doors will look neater and when the doors are closed there will be less crevices for the air to circulate in. The more free space there is, the better.

Don’t park a hot car inside immediately.

If you’ve been out in your car and are now coming home, park your car on the driveway for an hour or two to let it cool down before bringing it inside the garage. The metal parts of the car will radiate heat and add to the blistering heat inside.